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Here We Go Again!

If you live anywhere near a coastline, chances are pretty good that you are familiar with hurricanes and the kind of damage that comes along with them to your roof and much more! Florida residents are no strangers to this natural occurrence, since Florida is considered the most hurricane-prone state in the entire nation!

It’s a good thing the weather has been relatively mild and we haven’t seen a category 5 hurricane since Hurricane Andrew hit the Florida coastline in August of 1992, with up to 185-mph winds at its peak.

And we haven’t seen as many storms in a season as we did in 2005, which was considered the most active hurricane season in recorded history, but that doesn’t mean the potential threat is any less dangerous or real during a mild season.

Brace Yourself

As recently reported by the Washington Post, some analysts are predicting a relatively mild season with anywhere between eight and thirteen tropical storms expected for the Atlantic coast. They believe that three to six of those storms will be hurricanes, and of those storms, one or two have the potential to become category 3 or higher.

However, don’t let the lower-than-normal number of storms be the indicator for a mild season. The NOAA reminds us that it only takes one major hurricane to cause serious damage.

We know this is true when we look back to Hurricane Andrew (mentioned above) and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which was the deadliest and most destructive of 2012. Both years were expected to be mild storm seasons, and each produced major hurricanes above category 3.

We Will Survive

Whether the predictions are for mild or severe storms, now that hurricane season is well underway, we need to be prepared for the unexpected.

 

In one of our blogs last month, we talked about a few necessary items to have on hand as well as how to operate a generator and some tips on keeping your pets safe.

Here are few other suggestions to keep in mind in the event of a hurricane:

  1. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings.
    • Know what the elevation of your property is.
    • Know where the levees and dams are in your area to determine if they are potential threats.
    • Learn community evacuation routes, how to find higher ground, and the location of a safe shelter.
  • Make plans to secure your property.
    • Cover all your home’s windows.
    • Install straps or clips to your roof—this may help reduce roof damage.
    • Be sure trees are trimmed to be more wind resistant.
    • Bring in all outdoor furniture and anything else that is not tied down.
    • Purchase a generator.

No matter what type of weather you find yourself in, always use common sense, remain calm, and stay safe.
~Frank Istueta